The summer transfer window rambles on and Arsenal have so far been reasonably active in the market. They’ve secured the services of winger Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer and centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for a reported fee of €30 million (£27m). That, however, doesn’t seem to be the end of the business this summer, if reports of further dealings are to be believed.
According to the Mirror, the Gunners are interested in signing West Ham United winger Felipe Anderson after they were offered the services of the Brazilian on a season-long loan for £5m. The 27-year-old arrived to the London Stadium from Lazio in 2018. Last season he made a total of 27 appearances for the Hammers, scoring once any laying on five assists.
Arsenal have in their ranks Willian, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka as designated wingers. Gabriel Martinelli is also fully capable of playing as a wide attacking player. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been vital on the left side, but with some reports mentioning the possibility of Alexandre Lacazette leaving, it’s fair to assume the Gabonese, should he himself sign a new contract soon and stay put, could return to his natural role as a centre-forward.
Meanwhile, Napoli are reportedly in talks with Manchester City over a proposed sale of Kalidou Koulibaly, though no agreement has been reached at this point. Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth claims that the Serie A side are looking to sign Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos in order to avoid getting short on options at the back.
The Greece international has some experience in the Italian to flight, having made 59 appearances for Genoa between 2008 and 2010, and seven for AC Milan the following year.
The 32-year-old defender hasn’t played much for the Gunners recently. He was a regular starter until a bout of illness made him miss two games in January. After that, his only competitive appearance came in the last match before the pandemic-caused break – a 1-0 win over West Ham in March.
Lucas Torreira is another one that could leave the club this summer. Sheth says he’s been informed by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio that Fiorentina and Torino are both interested in bringing the Uruguayan defensive midfielder back to Italy.
Like Sokratis, Torreira is currently not a preferred option in the starting XI under Mikel Arteta. Dani Ceballos is reportedly very close to returning to the Emirates for another season, having formed an excellent partnership in the middle of the park with Granit Xhaka. Mohamed Elneny has returned from his loan with Besiktas and performed admirably against Liverpool in the Community Shield.
There could indeed be a good reason to let Torreira, previously linked with AC Milan as well, leave. His contract doesn’t expire before 2023, so the Gunners should be in a strong position when negotiating a potential sale.